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Infinite Cat Project Archives for September 25-29, 2017.

Mewsings, September 25, 2017: "Cats are living adornments." - Edwin Lent

lion in wheelbarrow

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "If I fits, I sits."

Cat Mewvie: Moggie vs. pug.

hitler cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art

Feline Art: "The Saddest Khajiit" by Darren Geers.

sleeping cat

The senior cat.

Question: people live longer these days and so don’t our pets thanks to advancements in their veterinary care. How can we compare our cats age to ours?

Answer: many pet owners use the formula of one of our years is equivalent to seven theirs, but that can be further adjusted especially when the cat is under two years. A one-year-old cat is physiologically similar to a 16-year-old person and a two-year-old cat is physiologically similar to a 21-year-old person and after that the cat ages about four years to one of ours. Using this comparison, a 5-year-old cat would be equivalent to a 33-year-old person, 10-year-old cat to a 53-year-old person. A 15-year-old cat would be aged similar to a 73-year-old person. Cats start to look more mature from 7 to 10 years of age and when they are 12 most of them are seniors.

Question: what happens to our cat as it ages?

Answer: there are a multitude of changes that slowly occur to your cat as it ages. Its immune system is slower to respond to infections as compared to when it was younger, making it more difficult to fight infections. Its skin becomes thinner and less elastic, and has less blood circulation that makes it more vulnerable to infection. As cats get older they tend to groom themselves less effectively than younger cats, less grooming may result in more hair matts, skin odor and inflammation of the skin. The claws get thicker and are more brittle. Senior cats may have brain changes related to senility, some symptoms of that would be wandering, excessive meowing, apparent disorientation and avoidance of social interaction. Hearing loss is common for seni0r cats as is decreased sight due to Cataracts or other eye diseases. Dental health also deteriorates with older cats and often it is severe enough that the cat is not able to eat normally. A decreased since of smell commonly occurs in senior cats and its effect maybe a disinterest in eating, resulting in weight loss. The kidneys undergo a number of age related changes that are common in senior cats resulting in kidney disease or failure. Arthritis is also an issue with senior cats, they usually do not show lameness with the arthritis but you will notice that they have more difficult with getting into their cat box or climbing stairs or jumping onto the bed or chair. Senior cats often develop a condition called hyperthyroidism which is when their thyroid gland becomes over active producing too much thyroid hormone.

Question: what can we do to help our senior cat with so many issues that can develop?

Answer: many of the conditions that can occur to a senior cat do not have to occur or at least they can be made better through veterinary care. Senior cats should receive thorough veterinary exams twice a year with blood analysis. The earlier we discover age related health issue the better they can be managed which will allow your cat to more fully enjoy its senior years.

Mewsings, September 26, 2017: "Cats conspire to keep us at arm's length." - Frank Perkins

fake Trump photo

Gratuitous Kittiness: Guess which image is fake.

Cat Mewvie: Cat  on a bike ride.

business cat sits comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by andre beaulieu

Feline Art: "Cat" by Andre Beaulieu.

Mewsings, September 27, 2017: "No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens." -  Abraham Lincoln

cat sitting like human

Gratuitous Kittiness: Sitting pretty.

Cat Mewvie: Gotta  keep them doggies in their place.

cat witness comic

Today's Kitty Komic

kliban cat cartoon

Feline Art: The amazing Kliban cats.

Mewsings, September 28, 2017: "A home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps; but how can it prove its title?" - Mark Twain

cat walking on dog head

Gratuitous Kittiness: Boots, the cat, is made for walking.

Cat Mewvie: Koda's tale.

drawing cats imaginitively

Today's Kitty Komic

tiger painting by leonid afremov

Feline Art: "Tigers" by Leonid Afremov

Mewsings, September 29, 2017: "Any conditioned cat-hater can be won over by any cat who chooses to make the effort." - Paul Corey

three black cats

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Black cats... you can't just stop at one.

Cat Mewvie: Jumping; A work in progress.

you muct feed cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

celtic cat knot

Feline Art: Celtc cat knot.

therapy cat in vest

Denver International Airport has a therapy cat.
By Ashley Dean

By now you’ve probably seen the therapy dogs that hang out at Denver International Airport to provide some comfort and smiles to travelers. They’re very good dogs.

But if you’re a cat person, maybe you’ve wondered, “Where’s my therapy fuzz ball?”

Well the powers that be at DIA heard the complaining in your head (because they’re the Illuminati) and have recruited the first feline member of the Canine Airport Therapy Squad, otherwise luckily known as CATS.

Meet Xeli.

Xeli, the first cat in Denver International Airport's Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS). (Courtesy of Denver International Airport)

Xeli (pronounced zell-ee) is a domestic shorthair cat. She weighs 12 pounds and, according to a press release, “loves making new friends.”

Presumably she also loves naps, rubbing up against things, knocking things off tables and sitting on whatever you happen to need at the moment, but this is unconfirmed speculation. We can confirm that she will give you a high-five with a little help from her human.

Xeli will make her first appearance from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday in Jeppesen Terminal, on Level 5 in the center of the Great Hall.


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